Purses, backpacks and coolers have been banned from Bryant-Denny Stadium

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Bryant-Denny Stadium (Image courtesy of the University of Alabama)

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Change is coming to Bryant-Denny Stadium starting this fall.  The University of Alabama has recently unveiled a new policy for what kinds of bags can be brought into the stadium.

According to our newspartners at al.com, Alabama fans are no longer permitted to bring purses, coolers, backpacks, briefcases, fanny packs, cinch bags, luggage of any kind, computer bags, camera bags, binocular cases, diaper bags and seat cushions with pockets zippers or compartments and other similar items into Alabama home football games.

Alabama Stadium Tote (Image courtesy of shop.rolltide.com)

Alabama Stadium Tote
(Image courtesy of shop.rolltide.com)

Only bags that are clear plastic, vinyl or PVC and are smaller than 12 inches by 6 inches, one-gallon clear plastic freezer bags, and small “clutch” style purses will be allowed in the stadium.  The news release states that one large clear bag and one clutch will be allowed per person.  Official Crimson Tide plastic tote bags will be available at select retailers by August 15.

Fans will still be able to carry in items such as binoculars, cameras and smart phones, but the cases will not be allowed.  Blankets will be allowed, but you have to carry them in on your arm so they can be easily screened.

The University of Alabama said in a statement that the new policy is about safety and improving the overall fan experience.  “This proactive measure will enhance safety inside and outside the stadium, and speed the security screening process for all fans.”

The University claims that they are not the only stadiums implementing these changes for the 2016 season.  Auburn, Florida, Mississippi State, Tennessee, Texas A&M, South Carolina, and LSU are all adopting similar policies.

For more information on this new policy, the University has published a website dedicated to answering questions.